At least some County staff think otherwise. Unfortunately, they characterize the meetings as having gone poorly, and they suggest that the Common Sense Alliance (CSA) was behind it. I would venture to guess that many people who showed up at the Planning Commission meetings have probably never even heard of the Common Sense Alliance, or if they've heard of CSA, they think of it as meaning Community Supported Agriculture.
Why do planners find it so hard to comprehend that we don't want our innocuous country way of life to be planned into oblivion? Most people here don't want our community to be run like Enfield, England. It's that simple. No group is behind it.
The public who showed up at the Planning Commission meetings were not a CSA mob. They were real people, talking about issues that matter to them ... to us.
Mike,It sounds like we will be visiting the Power's property. Thanks for the suggestion.As soon as Lynda completes the minutes, I can complete the review draft of the PC version. Should be done tomorrow - but it won't be finalized until Barbara and Brian approve it.
Those hearings were awful for Lynda and I, and probably for those that don't agree with the CSA perspective. I don't have any problem with civil discussion about the issues, and actually enjoy looking at things from different perspectives, and working constructively to identify solutions.
Having people show up just to rant, call us names, and be disruptive is however getting very tiring - and I am getting tired of being blamed for the collective decisions that get incorporated into the drafts that are being considered (including the decisions of the Planning Commission, County Council, County attorneys and our consultants). I can't tell you how many discussions I have had regarding things that I didn't think made sense, didn't think would work, or just didn't support, where I was overruled. And then when the shit hits the fan, those that were involved in making the decision are pretty good at running for cover and letting me take the flack.
O.K. enough of the rant. What I would really like is for people to understand the requirements we must meet, review and think about the proposals, and provide constructive comments in a civil manner. I would like everyone that wants to be involved to feel comfortable attending the meetings and providing input. That works better for everyone, and I think that approach significantly increases the chance that an individual's suggestions will get incorporated in some manner.Kind regards,Shireene
From: Mike Carlson [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wed 4/18/2012 9:23 PM
To: Shireene Hale
Subject: RE: field tripsShireen,Thanks for considering my property for the May 7th wetland tour. The lower part of our lawn which contains our drain field, our driveway and well could actually be in a water quality buffer because it does slope toward the edge of the wetland……but maybe not.I have asked Nick Power to use his land if you think it would be easier. His phone number is 370 5708. I will shoot him an email too.In the hypothetical sense the Beaverton Valley Business Park is also a very good possibility because there is a wetland and a stream draining into Beaverton Valley. They abide by buffers now and have cleared to those as allowed in the binding site plan approval. It could be helpful to apply the new proposal to the same property as a comparison with the existing rules.On a side note I watched some of the April 17 county council meeting as you and the council discus how to fit everything into sensible schedules that can accomplish good public participation and accurate information to the public.While I applaud both you and the council’s desire to get information out I am disappointed that you start the discussion by saying “that by May the PC will have recuperated from the 4 awful planning commission meetings” ….Unless I misunderstood, this type of statement does not help but could be construed as disrespectful about the robust public testimony we observed. Further, I want to remind everyone that the public is extremely engaged in the CAO discussion now. Many are concerned, asking why and where specifically the existing rules are not working. There are lots of well educated folks who are reading the BAS, and the proposals and many remain perplexed.More information from the county is good but solid basis for the implementation will be asked by the public at each turn. While this may seem annoying at times, our elected, appointed (me) and employed participants are accountable to those who live and work in this community.I truly hope that we all remain acutely aware of this fact of life.Most importantly, I would like to be able to review the “post Planning Commission” version of the Wetland section before the May 7th field tripsRespectfully,MikeMike Carlson. President/OwnerMike Carlson Enterprises, Inc.2165 West Valley Road.Friday Harbor, Washington. 98250360-378-4579 office. 360-378-5149 fax.